5 Inexpensive Gadgets All New Parents Should Own : The Saturday Weekend Review #220

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BABY SHOWER GIFT THESE GOODIES HAVE BEEN THE BEST PARENTING INVESTMENTS YET.   I’m sure many parents reading this can think back to some baby gadgets or products which made their new role as parents a bit easier. Hands up if you’re one of those parents who bought too much useless baby stuff just because you thought you’d need it. Yes, that was us. >>>Both hands in the air. Now that our son is almost 3 years-old (wow where did the time go) Mrs. CBB and I have gone through boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of baby clothes (I know, right?) and piles of stuff we never used. The biggest problem was that we read too much, believed too much and fell into the “new parent syndrome” mode making sure we were fully stocked with what we needed. Related: How having a baby affected our monthly budget I will admit that we have boxes of baby diapers that haven’t been opened yet, clothes that still have the tags and other crazy things that have never come out of the box. We have a formula mixer that we bought just in case our son […]

What Basic Money Skills Should Be Taught In High School?- The Saturday Weekend Review #216

PERSONAL FINANCE IS MORE THAN JUST BUDGETING YOUR WAY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM.   Teenagers may find out the hard way in the world of personal finance if they don’t understand finance basics. In the past parents were the financial leaders responsible to teach their kids about money. They still are but things are about to possibly change in Ontario. Personal finance for teenagers has slowly been easing its way into the education system because it’s not just a need it’s critical. This is something that we should all be happy about because not all kids get taught about finance basics at home. The other thing to consider is that the kids are getting taught enough about money or aren’t getting the hands on experience. There’s the learning and then the doing and this is how we build a stronger understanding of what is right and wrong and how to prevent financial disaster or at least avoid it. Personal finance education has long been discussed in Ontario and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter will be announcing the plans for rolling out a Pilot Project teaching 700 teenagers in 28 local high schools about Basic Money Skills in the next week. Personal finance […]

How Should Couples Split Household Bills?

WHEN YOU MOVE IN WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULD NEVER EXPECT TO PAY LESS OR MORE BASED ON YOUR INCOME LEVEL.   Moving in together is a big step for couples and with that comes an entirely new set of financial rules mainly called, splitting. When should you talk about money in relationships? Whenever it is right for the both of you but certainly before moving is ideal. Don’t be afraid to pull out the money card because if you’re thinking it then it is important to you as it should be. Living together may be economical especially if you are spending every day with someone you care deeply about however there is much to discover before you take that step. Some couples just end up moving in together without even knowing it. A shirt here, pants there and before you know it your bathroom counter shares his and her health and beauty products. What in the world just happened? You moved in together and with that comes financial responsibility. Unless you plan to fork over all the money for your partner who now lives with you, talking about splitting household bills is a good idea. Generally doing this before-hand is […]

University Student Makes Costly Friendship Mistake

SOMETIMES THE BEST PATH IN LIFE IS TO FIRST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.   Friendship is a wonderful thing especially when you are networking and keeping doors open for opportunity that might come your way. It’s all about who you know right? In most cases, yes but you can’t just rely on friends. Do you tell yourself, “I need a friend” or ” I want a friend”? There is a difference between Needs vs. Wants that we talk about in the finance world and the same can be applied here. If you don’t need it then don’t waste your time, energy or money on it. If you want something then you have to work hard to save money to pay for it. Compare this to earning the friendship of someone new in your life. Don’t get me wrong, having friends is great but at the end of the day they do their thing and I do mine. Contrary to what you’ve read in children’s books growing up life isn’t all about rainbows. There are no unicorns, dolls and talking cars who will watch your back and give you advice. At one point you probably imagined that Spiderman was your hero and […]

9 Simple Jobs For Teens To Earn Christmas Shopping Money

PARENTS YOU MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH THIS SITUATION RIGHT NOW WITH YOUR TEEN.   You’re almost done your Christmas shopping when your teen comes to you and mentions that her friends decided to have a Christmas gift exchange. There is only one problem, she has no money. It’s easy to say no you can’t shop because you have no money but that doesn’t solve the problem because no alternatives were offered for your teen to earn money. What do you do? One of my CBB fans is going through this problem with her teen and needs parenting advice. Christmas shopping is fun for just about anyone who plans on giving during the holidays whether gifts are bought online, the mall, downtown shops, small business owners or even at bazaars and craft shows. For some Christmas has turned into a huge consumer money grabbing spree but for the kids it will always be something they look forward to. Not all children participate in Christmas as it depends on the parents but for those that do your child at some point will want to buy their own gifts. Once your teen understands that giving is more important than receiving you may find […]

How To Keep Debt From Causing A Marriage Crisis

EVERY COUPLE HAS A STORY TO TELL BUT YOU PROBABLY WON’T HEAR ABOUT IT.   A marriage crisis is about to turn your world upside down, so what do you do? You write me an email looking for a twinkle of hope. Marriage is knowing you’re in love with someone but not sure if you can continue to love them based on events that occur in future dealings with-in your relationship. This is where YOU needs to become WE. What does this all mean? This means that anything can happen even to couples who are in love. One minute you’re all mushy about each other and the next you’re ringing up the lawyer because you no longer can stand each other. The annual amount of divorces in Canada tops 70,000 according to the feldstein-family-law-divorce-fact-sheet-2016. Not only that but 33% of first marriages end in divorce. Some of the reasons for divorce documented from Stats Canada in the fact sheet states the following; Communication breakdown Unreasonable behaviour Infidelity Midlife crisis Financial issues Physical, psychological or emotional abuse Relationship “runs out of steam”/fall out of love Where did you both go wrong? Most often lack of communication leads the way to a bigger […]

This Independent Woman Doesn’t Care About A Man’s Money : The Saturday Weekend Review #195

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD YOU FIRST HAVE TO FIND YOUR PATH UNASSISTED BY OTHERS WEALTH.   My wife and I were having this conversation the other day about someone we know who is beautiful, smart, successful and single. She confided in my wife that when she finds her true soul mate she will know, which is why she would never settle for the possibility of love. I can understand how she feels because we all want to get love right. Fair enough I thought because there are plenty of single women who don’t want to jump into a relationship with just anyone. It has to be the right moment, the right attitude, the right feeling, the right everything so that the pieces fall into place. What I didn’t know was that she had a past which was a dark time for her but now she’s living a new life. When I asked my wife why her friend seemed so strong with a “don’t come near me” type of aura about her I was expecting her response. She looked at me in the eyes and said that she was once in an abusive marriage where she […]

15 Frugal Ways To Stock Children’s Books For Your Home Library

READING IS ABSORBING INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN’T GIVE BACK   Reading DOES matter in a child’s life and should start the minute they can look into your eyes, listen with their ears or touch with their hands. We began reading to our son shortly after he came home from the hospital. Not only that but we began to play soft music throughout the day like my wife did when he was in her tummy. That might sound daft to some people but for a baby hearing their parents voice talking to them is soothing and what better way to begin than by reading a book.   Children’s Books can be expensive   Have you ever seen the prices on brand new books that have never been cracked open? Some of the prices are mind-blowing especially on children’s books. Next time you’re in a book store or if you have any children’s books at home flip them over or look in the front cover to check for prices. Shoppers who pay full retail price for children’s books only do so because they really, really want it. Sometimes it’s hard to resist those cute books that you know your son or daughter […]